Finding the One: Putting a Ring on the Internship that Completes You

Has the Valentine’s Day Season made you feel lonely? Unwanted? Maybe even lying on the couch downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s and binging on some quality Netflix? We’ve all been there, eager to get ahead but with nowhere to turn. I’m not talking about your relationship status; I’m talking about your career status. As college students, we are in a situation in our careers similar to that of someone in this stage of the dating life, what I like to refer to as “The Bachelor Stage.” We have all of these different opportunities to take advantage of, but we have absolutely no clue which ones to, give the rose to, so to speak. It’s certainly a hard decision to make. After all, your internship experience may very well affect what kind of career opportunities you’ll have coming out of college. Luckily, I have put together a few questions to ask yourself in order to get back out there and find the one for you.

  1. What you want to do further on down the road?

    I know from experience, you can say for certain what your major might be, but when someone asks you what you want to do with that major, you’re struggling to answer. Before you conduct any interviews or make contact with any employer, make sure that you can answer this question in some sort of way. Not only does it allow employers to place you in a position that can best fit you, but it also allows you to steer you into the right direction of where to go.

    *Tip: Check out our “What can I do with my major?” pages.

  2. What kind of benefits would you get?

    We’ve all seen the cliché before, the girl ends up with the guy that has the looks of a ten but doesn’t have the brain to match (or vice versa); the same applies for internships. While the company or internship may seem very attractive, be sure that you will be able to get something out of the internship. If you are assisting in actual projects and finding ways to build your resume, you’re in the clear. If you’re simply running around fetching coffee, they might just be playing you, and it might be time to end the relationship.

  3. Does the internship complete you?

    You want an internship that makes you a better person. One that embraces your strengths and helps you improve your weaknesses in the field you desire. Remember, the point of an internship is to learn about your prospective career. If you can develop a skill worth learning, spend quality time with the smartest in the business, do the things that you never thought you would imagine, then don’t be scared! Walk up to that employer and talk to him/her! After all, you wouldn’t want to end the internship search looking like this:

    Crying

If you need additional assistance, stop by the Center for Career Development, Room 202 for more information.

By Peter Carcia
Peter Carcia Experiental Learning Intern